Nagisa-no-Koban (Seaside Patrol Stations) Project

Exterior photo of a Nagisa-no-Koban

Nagisa-no-Koban Making a Clean Ocean that Can Be Enjoyed Safely with Peace of Mind

The ocean gives so much bounty that it is referred to as “Mother Ocean,” and based on this idea, The Nippon Foundation has been supporting groups working in seaside locations to bring people closer to the ocean. Through these activities, we have gained a better understanding of the actual situation at these locations, and have learned that because of the highly specialized nature of many seaside activities, local residents and the general public find it difficult to participate. This makes it hard to build relationships with other people engaged in similar activities, or to form new relationships with people working outside one’s own area of specialization.

Promoting water safety awareness

To address these issues, The Nippon Foundation has decided to reposition its seaside activities from a “segment” focus to a “regional” approach. With this change, we realized that approaching seaside activities as a “region” from a cross-segment perspective, rather than supporting a particular segment, makes it possible to coordinate among organizations engaged in seaside activities in the same region and to encourage local residents to become more involved in these activities, thereby facilitating the resolution of seaside-related issues in the local area.

A water safety class for children

The Nippon Foundation launched the Nagisa-no-Koban project to establish tangible starting points for this work. The project builds patrol stations that bring together various seaside activities, the people involved in those activities, and information related to those activities, in one place, cutting across organizations. This enables various local organizations and activities, including but not limited to those involved in local seaside activities, to work together, approaching the seaside as a surface rather than as a point, to enhance safety and peace of mind and create ocean environments that are accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

List of Nagisa-no-Koban

As of September 2021, a total of 11 Nagisa-no-Koban had been established across Japan.

Map of Japan map showing Nagisa-no-Koban locations. Ogatsu Nagisa-no-Koban (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture); Nagisa-no-Koban Obama (Obama City, Fukui Prefecture); Nagisa-no-Koban Omaezaki (Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture); Iwata Nagisa-no-Kyouryukan (Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture); Hinase Umi Lab Nagisa-no-Koban(Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture); Seabridge Nagisa-no-Koban (Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture); Hamada Nagisa-no-Koban (Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture); Shimado Nagisa-no-Koban (Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture); Kiraraizu Nagisa-no-Koban (Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture); Hazako Nagisa-no-Koban (Saiki City, Oita Prefecture); Aoshima Beach Center Nagisa-no-Koban (Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture)
Shimado Nagisa-no-Koban
(Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
Omaezaki Nagisa-no-Koban
(Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Obama Nagisa-no-Koban
(Obama City, Fukui Prefecture)
Iwata Nagisa-no-Kouryukan
(Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Hazako Nagisa-no-Koban
(Saiki City, Oita Prefecture)
Aoshima Beach Center Nagisa-no-Koban
(Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture)
Kiraraizu Nagisa-no-Koban
(Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
Hamada Nagisa-no-Koban
(Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture)
Seabridge Nagisa-no-Koban
(Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture)
渚の交番 雄勝
Ogatsu Nagisa-no-Koban
(Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture)
渚の交番 ひなせうみラボ
Hinase Umi Lab Nagisa-no-Koban
(Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture)

Aoshima Beach Center Nagisa-no-Koban
(Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture; opened in 2009)

This was the first Nagisa-no-Koban, and is operated and used by local residents.
To facilitate efficient beach operations, the Order for the Designated Management of Miyazaki City Aoshima Beach Center was enacted (taking effect in 2012).

Photo of exterior of the Aoshima Beach Center Nagisa-no-Koban (left); Photo of a lifesaver teaching a course for children (right)
Activities Beach Center management, operation of Aoshima Beach Park, management of swimming areas, etc.
Facilities Administrative office, meeting space, boathouse, etc.
Managing organization Miyazaki City Tourism Association, Miyazaki City Lifesaving Club
Responsible local government entity Miyazaki City Tourism Association
Location Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture
Achievements Development of government policies: Order for the Designated Management of Miyazaki City Aoshima Beach Center (took effect in 2012).
Revitalization of local tourism: Companies’ opening of hotels, eating and drinking establishments, souvenir shops, hot springs, and gardens

Omaezaki Nagisa-no-Koban
(Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture; opened in 2014)

This beach house promotes the healthy upbringing of young children through environmental activities using a platform of education, industry, tourism, marine sports, local communities, and local residents and tourists.

Photo of exterior of the Omaezaki Nagisa-no-Koban (left); Photo of environmental classroom for children (right)
Activities Activities to promote marine education and the upbringing of young children, seaside environmental preservation, shoreline reclamation, etc.
Facilities Administrative office, multipurpose space, café, etc.
Managing organizations Omaezaki Smile Project, Omaezaki City
Responsible local government entity Omaezaki City
Location Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Achievements Spillover effect on local community: Recognition from Kikugawa Police Department for contribution to reduction in vehicle thefts
Safety and security measures: Annual joint rescue drills with government and private-sector organizations

Obama Nagisa-no-Koban
(Obama City, Fukui Prefecture; opened in 2014)

A new type of Nagisa-no-Koban, this beach house “uses the ocean as a local resource in the field of social welfare.”
Beach safety and environmental protection activities bring together local residents including older persons, persons with disabilities, and people without jobs.

Photo of exterior of the Obama Nagisa-no-Koban (left); Photo of workshop for children (right)
Activities Salt production business, operation of social welfare office, sales of marine products, etc.
Facilities Salt refinery, multifunction garden, outdoor stage, etc.
Managing organizations Community Network Fukui, Fukushinet Kouenkai
Responsible local government entity Obama City
Location Obama City, Fukui Prefecture
Achievements Development of government policies: Renovated as an official local government facility
Revitalization of local tourism: Hiring of persons with disabilities and older persons; Revitalization and expansion of health-promotion activities

Iwata Nagisa-no-Koryukan
(Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture; opened in 2016)

As a base from which to promote seaside food and leisure, the Koryukan features restaurants and shops selling fresh seafood and vegetables from the local Enshu region.

Photo of exterior of the Iwata Nagisa-no-Koryukan (left); Photo of people enjoying the beach at Toyohama (right)
Activities Beach cleanups, local regional promotion, various events, etc.
Facilities Administrative office, shops, kitchen, public space, etc.
Managing organization Marine Project
Responsible local government entities Iwata City, Fukuroi City
Location Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Achievements Local tourism revitalization: Increase in number of overnight visitors; Increase in number of persons buying local products; Increase in number of beach visitors

Hazako Nagisa-no-Koban
(Saiki City, Oita Prefecture; opened in 2018)

The patrol station works to survey and protect seaside environments and animals, to create a society with people living in harmony with nature.

Photo of exterior of the Hazako Nagisa-no-Koban (left); Photo of workshop for children (right)
Activities Beach cleanups, hands-on experiences, sea turtle preservation, etc.
Facilities Nature center, lodging facilities, public space, etc.
Managing organization Oita Environmental Conservation Forum
Responsible local government entities Oita Prefecture; Saiki City
Location Saiki City, Oita Prefecture
Achievements Development of government policies: Base location for tourism program being implemented by Saiki City
Local tourism revitalization: Increase in number of overnight visitors; Increase in number of persons buying local products; Increase in number of beach visitors

Shimado Nagisa-no-Koban
(Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture; opened in 2018)

The newest Nagisa-no-Koban is working with local residents to develop products using local specialties, and as a base for lifesaving activities in safety management and environmental preservation.

Photo of exterior of the Shimado Nagisa-no-Koban (left); Group photo at the opening ceremony (right)
Activities Safety management, marine school, volunteer activities, workshops, etc.
Facilities Administrative office, multipurpose auditorium, infirmary, kitchen, etc.
Managing organization Shimonoseki Lifesaving Club
Responsible local government entity Shimonoseki City
Location Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Objectives Maintenance of seaside safety
Creating local roots for young people while achieving a recycling-oriented society.

Kiraraizu Nagisa-no-Koban
(Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture; opened in 2019)

This beach house was built as a center to connect the Yamaguchi City community to the ocean, and offers activities that can be enjoyed by the seaside.

Photographs: Barrier-free reception area and garage (left); Wheelchair-accessible covered barbeque space (right)
Activities Seaside activities (stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking, etc.) nature activities, community interaction
Facilities Multipurpose space, covered barbeque space, equipment for marine activities
Managing organizations FEEL
Responsible local government entity Yamaguchi Prefecture
Location Yamaguchi Kirara Expo Memorial Park
Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Achievements Increase in children’s affection for and curiosity about the ocean through marine and other nature activities; Creation of local community center that provides counseling and holds seminars, particularly for families facing difficulties

Hamada Nagisa-no-Koban
(Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture; opened in 2020)

With a lifesaver regularly on duty, this beach house serves as a connection between Hamada Beach and the local community.

Photographs: Exterior view of the Nagisa-no-Koban (left); Library with books about the ocean (right)
Activities Ocean education program, marine sports, marine industry experience (salt production), community beach safety management
Facilities Multipurpose auditorium, lounge, library, showers, changing rooms
Managing organizations Hamada Lifesaving Club
Responsible local government entity Hamada City
Location Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture
Objective Teaching coexistence with the ocean for residents of seaside Hamada City through educational programs and marine sports

Seabridge Nagisa-no-Koban
(Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture; opened in 2021)

This beach house offers programs at the Onomichi seaside to enable children and their parents to feel closer to the ocean.

Photographs of Seabridge Nagisa-no-Koban exterior (left) and interior (right)
Activities Learning about coexisting with the ocean in the seaside city of Onomichi through a cultural experience (team rowing in small, wooden kohaya boats), marine industry experience and marine sports, and in cooperation with Fukuyama University, classes to learn about the ocean and ecosystem of Shimanami Beach through food
Facilities Café space, community space, book gallery, etc.
Managing organizations PLUS
Responsible local government entity Onomichi City
Location Innoshima Amenity Park
Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Objective Function as a contact point for raising awareness of the ocean in a variety of ways

Ogatsu Nagisa-no-Koban
(Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture; opened in 2021)

The first Nagisa-no-Koban in the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan offers a fishing village study program and marine activities for children.

Photographs of Ogatsu Nagisa-no-Koban exterior (left) and children participating in the fishing village study program (right)
Activities Long-term and short-term stay fishing village study programs (trial basis in fiscal 2021, full-scale program planned for fiscal 2022), marine activity experiences, etc.
Facilities Seminar room, kitchen, dining area, dormitory for fishing village study participants, rooftop vegetable garden
Managing organizations MORIUMIUS
Responsible local government entity Ishinomaki City
Location Ogatsu-cho, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture
Objective Function as a center for marine education to learn about coexistence with the ocean

Hinase Umi Lab Nagisa-no-Koban
(Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture; opened in 2021)

Providing a place for fishers and children to revitalize fishing grounds through marine education with a theme of “coexistence with the ocean”

Photos of exterior of Hinase Umi Lab Nagisa-no-Koban (left), and children experiencing amamo bed revitalization (right)
Activities Oyster cultivation and shucking experience and amamo (eelgrass, a species of seagrass) bed revitalization experience with Hinase fishers, snorkeling, kayaking, etc.
Facilities Multipurpose space, sales space, marine environment research room, restaurant, oyster shucking equipment, location for marine activities, etc.
Managing organizations Minna-de-Bizen
Responsible local government entity Bizen City
Location Hinase, Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture
Objective Pass on the bounty of the ocean to the next generation through local activities including amamo bed revitalization and oyster cultivation